There was a surge in the number of HIV infections in Thomasville, a city in Davidson County. The number rose from 226 at a rate of 167 to 257 at a rate of 186 in 2018.
An increment in the number of Syphilis infections was noted. The cases rose from 6 at a rate of 3.6 in 2012 to 11 at a rate of 6.6 by the end of 2016.
There was also an increase in the overall rate of Gonnorhea infections from 108 at a rate of 66.1 in 2012 to 286 at a rate of 73.4 in 2016.
Chlamydia infections soared from the low of 522 at a rate of 319.3 in 2012 to reach a high of 681 at a rate of 412.9 in 2016.
Davidson County Department of Health noted that unprotected sex and sharing of used needles to inject drugs are the most common ways of spreading HIV and HCV. This led to a clean syringe exchange program to provide education, resources, and tools to promote safer injection practices.
Med First Primary & Urgent Care, Planned Parenthood – Greensboro Health Center are some of the medical centers in Thomasville city that provide screening, testing, and treatment of HIV/STD to the city residents. Other medical centers include Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center and Davidson Medical Ministries – Davidson Health Services Thomasville.
Some hospitals in the city may provide free STD testing but some of the STD tests may not be free and hours of services may be inconsistent.